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VFTB Radio – Episode 1

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Today marks the first episode of the re-launched VFTB podcast. Our goal is to record once a week on Mondays. We’d love to hear your feedback on the show and welcome any questions and/or suggestions.

In today’s episode we covered:

  • Introduction to the podcast and information about each of the hosts
  • General discussion on the off-season to date.
  • A look at possible positional battles heading into spring training and some non roster invites to watch for.
  • Our new five question game “Like or Strike” that includes questions on Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, and even Bruno Mars

Download the MP3 file (10MB / 43 min 35 sec)

 

  • Michael Jimenez

    Solid 1st podcast but I wanted to argue with you guys on a lot of points…

    1)There’s a good reason the Cubs didn’t start renovations during this past offseason. if a lawsuit happened, they would have been forced to stop construction and wait it out… and that would have raised costs exponentially. What happens if arbitration lasts too long and the Cubs started construction but couldn’t finish it before the season starts?

    Now the arbitration case will be solved during the season so going into next offseason the Cubs will know exactly what they can/can’t do and they can’t be delayed by an unknown factor.

    2) Vitters has permanently moved to the OF already so he’s not even an option at 3B and that’s actually GOOD for him. He can win a starting gig in the OF and stick there for a few years, he can’t win 3B and stick there. Not with 1 of Baez/Castro/Alcantara needing a home & Villanueva/Olt/Bryant/Candelario as ready or soon-to-be-ready options. If Vitters hits in ST he can win the LF job. You can platoon Schierholtz/Ruggiano in RF & Sweeney/Lake in CF. And if Lake his hitting, you can make the 3 vets split split playing time. They’re not a part of the future, you don’t completely kill of Lake & Vitters until they’ve had their shots.

    3)Olt should be a lock to win 3B out of ST because of all those names I mentioned. Unless Olt is getting moved to 1B/DH (which is a waste of his defensive ability and a great chunk of his value) he has to play 3B in the majors or they derail the development of all the other 3B. Villanueva deserves to be AAA after a full year at AA. Bryant WILL be at AA. Candelario, will be at High-A. There’s just too many good 3B prospects in the Cubs system and it’s time for Olt to shit or get off the pot.

    4)Just because they payroll isn’t 150M doesn’t mean the Cubs haven’t spent. They’re still going to be around 100M in payroll this year which is not all that low, and the Ricketts still owe an estimated 600M on the Cubs purchase plus they’re about to finance another 300M for renovations. They have a new state of the art facility in the Dominican and one in Arizona. They’ve increase their front office personnel by over 100 people since the Hendry era. They’ve modernized the facilities in the minors and enhanced player development. Major league payroll is only 1 aspect of the organizations costs, and the organization needed a lot of updating which the Cubs have done.

    Ok maybe I just wanted to argue with Joe a lot…but Iike it or strike was actually really good. I thought it was going to be dumb, since Joe hyped it so well but it was easily the best part of the pod.

  • PLCB3

    All right looks like I’m going to the gym tonight.

  • Doug S.

    Loved the podcast. The participants offered up some informed thoughts and the length and level of content was perfect for me. I’ll be a regular listener. Thank you.

    Comments.
    Good discussion about 3rd. I have this lame feeling come over me every time I think about the position. Hoping that changes.
    I still find myself on team Barney, but starting to realize he’s probably soon to be Cubs history.
    Liked the Shark discussion and hope that Sean (?) was correct in thinking that Theo has his idea of what he wants to do with the guy. I hope Shark stays.
    Anxiously waiting for the wave of kids to come in here and make some noise when the timing is right.
    Have not enjoyed one SB half time show, my musical tastes are left of mainstream.

    • Eddie Von White

      That was not mainstream.

      • Doug S.

        Then it’s left of whatever that was.

    • Eddie Von White

      That was not mainstream.

      • Doug S.

        Then it’s left of whatever that was.

  • PLCB3

    It’s a good thing that I didn’t listen to the opening of the podcast while working out. Otherwise I would have injured myself from laughing.

  • AC0000000

    It’s a good thing that I didn’t listen to the opening of the podcast while working out. Otherwise I would have injured myself from laughing.

  • Lennart Sauerwald

    Hey guys, really enjoyed your podcasts. I’ve been in love with Chicago for quite a while and starting to get into baseball, having started playing last year, I naturally got interested in the Cubs (the Sox somehow never appealed to me). So right now I have a lot of catching up to do and to learn about the Cubs. So I’m trying to get as much information as I can get, reading blogs, tweets, and listening to podcasts. It was nice listening to you and informative for a Cubs and baseball novice. Keep up the good work! Cheers from Germany!

    • Joe Aiello

      Thanks for listening, Lennart

  • Lennart Sauerwald

    Hey guys, really enjoyed your podcasts. I’ve been in love with Chicago for quite a while and starting to get into baseball, having started playing last year, I naturally got interested in the Cubs (the Sox somehow never appealed to me). So right now I have a lot of catching up to do and to learn about the Cubs. So I’m trying to get as much information as I can get, reading blogs, tweets, and listening to podcasts. It was nice listening to you and informative for a Cubs and baseball novice. Keep up the good work! Cheers from Germany!

    • Joe Aiello

      Thanks for listening, Lennart